Which to use as the HDMI switch - TV or soundbar?


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I have my new LG OLED65C1 which I'm trying to set up properly from outset. I'm wondering what the best/preferred way of connecting my devices would be? I have:

Sky Q 2TB (HDR-capable) main box
Apple TV 4K
Xbox One S
Fire TV Stick 4K
Sony HT-ZF9 soundbar

My inclination was to connect (as per my previous setup) as follows:

TV HDMI1 - Xbox
TV HDMI2 (eARC) - Soundbar (with Sky Q and Apple TV connected to soundbar)
TV HDMI3 - empty
TV HDMI4 (rear facing) - Fire Stick

However, by doing this, the TV auto-detects HDMI2 as various devices.

The other way to do it would be to connect as follows:

TV HDMI1 - Sky Q
TV HDMI2 - Soundbar (with Xbox connected to soundbar)
TV HDMI3 - Apple TV
TV HDMI4 - Fire Stick

Are there any pros/cons of either setup? Should I have my 'main' devices connected through the soundbar for higher sound quality, or does it not matter due to the (audo passthrough) capabilities of the TV?

FYI, the audio passthrough capabilities of the TV are:

ARC - Yes
eARC - Yes
Atmos via TrueHD via eARC - Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC - No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC - Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC - No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical - Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical - No

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